Find out how we keep you on the right side of the law when you sell or dispose of your car.
What should I do with my car's registration certificate?
If you have your registration certificate (V5C), you should keep the yellow section 9 (V5C/3) and hand over the rest of it to the recycling centre along with your keys. You'll need to fill in the recycling centre’s name and address, but don't worry, they'll help you with this.
What if I don't have my registration certificate?
Do I need to get in touch with DVLA?
We'll let you know if you need to get in touch with DVLA.
There's usually no need for you to get in touch with DVLA if your car is to be scrapped, as the recycling centre should issue a Certificate of Destruction.
However, you'll need to notify DVLA if:
- your car is to remain on the road (instead of being scrapped);
- you don't get your Certificate of Destruction within 24 hours; or
- you receive a Notification of Destruction (because it hasn't been possible to issue a Certificate of Destruction).
How do I notify DVLA?
If you need to notify DVLA you can do this online or by post.
Notify DVLA online using the Gov.uk website. You'll need the 11 digit reference number from your registration certificate (V5C).
Simply complete the yellow section 9 of your registration certificate (V5C/3) and post it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.
What if I don’t have my registration certificate?
What is a Certificate of Destruction?
A Certificate of Destruction is an official DVLA document which is issued by a CarTakeBack recycling centre when they recycle your scrap car, using our electronic link to the DVLA's vehicle registration database. The certificate proves that you've disposed of your car correctly and prevents you from being penalised.
You should sign the certificate within the 'Holder/Owner' section, as soon as you receive it and keep it for your records.
What does a DVLA Certificate of Destruction look like?
An official DVLA Certificate of Destruction has:
the DVLA logo at the top;
'Certificate of Destruction' written underneath the logo;
a unique 12 digit certificate number (Certificate No);
the date that the certificate was issued (Date of Issue); and
the signature of a representative of the scrap car recycling centre (Issuing Establishment) which accepted your car.
You should sign the certificate within the 'Holder/Owner' section, as soon as you receive it.
DVLA Certificate of Destruction issued by CarTakeBack. Click the image to view it full size in a new window.
Will I receive a Certificate of Destruction?
If your car is to be scrapped, the recycling centre will request a Certificate of Destruction from the DVLA online to issue to you. However, sometimes it will not be possible to issue a Certificate of Destruction and you will need to get in touch with DVLA yourself.
Can anyone issue a Certificate of Destruction?
No, a Certificate of Destruction can only be issued by a scrap car recycling centre holding an Authorised Treatment Facility permit.
What is an Authorised Treatment Facility permit?
All CarTakeBack recycling centres have an Authorised Treatment Facility permit. This means they've been licensed by the Environment Agency in England & Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland or the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland, to depollute scrap cars to standards set by DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Only these sites are permitted to issue you with a DVLA Certificate of Destruction.
How will I get my DVLA Certificate of Destruction?
We'll send you a copy of your certificate by email. Please check that emails from info@CarTakeBack.com don't get caught in your spam or junk folder.
If you don't have an email address we'll post it to you.
When will I get my DVLA Certificate of Destruction?
If your car is being scrapped, We'll usually email your Certificate of Destruction within 24 hours of your car being recycled.
If it doesn't arrive within 24 hours, you should post the completed section 9 (V5C/3) of your registration certificate to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.
What if I don't have my registration certificate?
If you need to notify DVLA but haven't got the registration certificate, instead of using the yellow section 9 of your registration certificate (V5C/3), you should write to DVLA telling them that you no longer own the car.
We recommend that you use our template letter to DVLA, where you should include the name and address of the recycling centre, make and model of your car, the registration and the date of sale.
Will I get any confirmation from DVLA?
If you've received a Certificate of Destruction, you won't get any additional form of confirmation from DVLA.
However, if you've been in touch with DVLA yourself, you should get a letter from them confirming that you're no longer responsible for the car. If you don't receive this letter within four weeks, you should contact DVLA.
Will I get any penalties if I don't notify DVLA?
If DVLA records are not updated correctly when you sell or dispose of your car, you could get an £80 fine, be liable for any traffic offence penalties carried out in it, well as for paying tax in arrears, County Court Judgements, a fine of £1,000 and even be liable to prosecution.
The Certificate of Destruction from CarTakeBack and written confirmation from DVLA (which you should receive if You've notified DVLA yourself) are both proof that DVLA have been notified correctly.
How do I prove my identity?
If you sell a car as a scrap car in England, Wales or Scotland, we have to confirm your identity. All you need is a current photocard driving licence, as this confirms your name, date of birth and residential address.
Don't have a photocard driving licence?
If you don't have a photocard driving licence, you can instead show another form of photo ID from list 1 below, along with separate proof of address from list 2 below.
1. Accepted forms of photo ID:
a valid UK passport
a valid passport issued by a European Economic Area state, or
a valid UK biometric immigration document.
2. Accepted proof of address (which must not be older than 3 months):
a bank or building society statement
a credit or debit card statement
a council tax statement or demand letter
a utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, water), but not a mobile phone bill.
Proving your identity is a requirement of The Scrap Metal Dealers Act in England and Wales and The Air Weapon and Licensing Act in Scotland.
What is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act?
What is the Air Weapon and Licensing Act?
How do I keep my personalised registration?
How do I reclaim my unused road tax?
If there’s still some road tax left on your car, DVLA will refund any complete months that remain. This will be automatically triggered when either:
- you notify DVLA of the sale using the yellow section 9 of your registration certificate (V5C/3); or
- the recycling centre issues your Certificate of Destruction.
DVLA will post a cheque to the registered keeper shown on the registration certificate (V5C) within 6 weeks.
If you don't get your refund within 6 weeks, contact DVLA.
Visit the DVLA website for more information on tax refunds
Step by step guide on how to tax your car online